Sports Psychology Biography Dr. John F Murray
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John F Murray, PhD (561-596-9898)
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John F. Murray, PhD has been described as “The Freud of Football” (Washington Post), the “Roger Federer of Sports Psychology” (Tennis Week Magazine), and as “One of the Major Psychologists in Sports” (Fox Sports).
Tennis Europe Feature
Front Page of the Boca Raton News
BioFile by Scoop Malinowski
Sports Illustrated Feature Story
Detroit Free Press Profile
LA Times Express
– John F Murray, May, 2013
Dr. Murray has been providing top sports psychology and clinical psychology services to help individuals, organizations and teams succeed for more than 14 years. He is a best-selling author and columnist, media resource for psychology and sports psychology, and seminar leader to business and sports groups worldwide on topics such as performance enhancement, mental health, general psychology, fitness, wellness, and lifestyle. He frequently appears on national television and radio, and his commentary is found almost daily in thousands of newspapers, magazines, and trade journals.
Dr. Murray is a rare sport performance psychologist and clinical psychologist, and licensed psychologist in Florida since 1999. This dual specialization provides him expertise to handle personal as well as performance-related issues, allowing for the highest standard of professional care.
In the 1980s John traveled worldwide as a tennis professional. He coached the sport, achieved high rankings as an open division player in Florida, and later wrote the top-selling “Smart Tennis How to Play and Win the Mental Game,” cover endorsed by #1 ranked player in the world Lindsay Davenport. Tennis professional Vincent Spadea credited Dr. Murray for helping him overcome the longest losing streak in history and return from nearly 300 to top 10 in the ATP Champions Race in 2003. He also served as Vince’s official traveling tennis coach at tournaments in Nashville in 2006, and Montreal, Adelaide, Sydney and in Melbourne at the Australian Open in 2007. In 2008, Dr. Murray traveled to the Beijing Summer Olympics as a sports psychologist.
Dr. Murray earned a bachelors degree in psychology from Loyola Univeristy of New Orleans (1983), two masters degrees (1992 and 1995), and a Ph.D. (1998) from the University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. His first master’s degree is from the sports psychology track within the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences in the College of Health and Human Performance. His doctoral dissertation examined the psychology of stress and coping with injury on the 1996 national champion University of Florida Gators football team. He then completed a unique counseling and sport psychology internship (1997-1998) at Washington State University, and a similarly designed postdoctoral fellowship (1998-1999) at Florida International University.
Dr. Murray is past-President of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association (2002) and his writing and contributions have been published in Sports Illustrated, SI.com, ESPN The Magazine, and USA Today among thousands of others. He is a national spokesman on issues of sport psychology and performance enhancement and believes very strongly in the benefits of psychology for both enhancing well-being and promoting success in competition.
Dr. Murray enjoys playing the piano, metal detecting, competitive tennis and golf, traveling, reading, writing, and public speaking. His biography biography appears in Marquis Who’s Who Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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John F. Murray, Ph.D.
139 North County Road Suite 18C
Palm Beach, Florida 33480